The Great Northern Warehouse

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The Great Northern Warehouse is the former railway goods warehouse of the Great Northern Railway in Manchester city centre, England. It has been redeveloped as a car park and leisure complex. The building is located at the junction of Deansgate and Peter Street in the city centre. It was granted Grade II* listed building status on 3 October 1974.[1]

The warehouse is "a hugely impressive block, of blue brick below (and) red brick with blue brick dressings above."[2] It was built to be fireproof with a steel frame, and built on a rectangular plan, 267 feet long by 217 feet wide and five storeys high, with 27 windows on the east and west sides and 17 windows on the north and south ends. All four sides have friezes lettered in white brick reading "Great Northern Railway Company's Goods Warehouse".[1] The warehouse was built above the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal, and a dock beneath was constructed to allow goods to be transferred to and from canal barges via shafts and a complex system of haulage using hydraulic power.[2] It is a "unique survival of a three-way railway goods exchange station, serving the railway, canal and road networks of the Manchester region."[1]

The development is owned by X-Leisure and comprises an AMC cinema, a casino, bars, a Virgin Active gym, and a multi-storey car park operated by National Car Parks.

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